This is the revised version of my (ugly) article talking about starting a small business. I can’t help but delete a few paragraphs because it went over 1200 words (it’s supposed to be less than 900 words well. . .). Thanks for reading anyway!
(I’ll post the longer version later)
It is not an easy thing to take big risks in life. It’s like the feeling when you lie to your parents for the first time, but this time your future is in the line. That was exactly what I felt five years ago when I first opened my pet shop business. Lack of experience, advertising cost problems, petty customers, and the extremely tiring competitions was a big bundle of obstacles for a beginner like me. But being a boss on my own, meeting people with common interests, and sharing happiness make me realise that all the rough rides are worth the time. My story might be one in a million, but I believe all business amateurs, like me, share the same excitement and worries.
Being a boss, going to work in a suit, and greeting my employees on the way were always my dream since I was a little. Unfortunately, my parents opposed to the idea. I work in big companies before I decided to leave everything behind to start to build my old dreams. I want to prove to my parents that I can do business on my own too. With only minimum knowledge in business and my love for animals, I went around to look for an opportunity to open my own pet shop. I wouldn’t call it a big success when it first started, but I love the look on the children’s faces when they pass by my shop. The look of happiness and adoration. You know it too, right? Of course, you do.
Honestly speaking, the reason I opened the pet shop business was purely based on my love for animals. I don’t have great experience in running a business nor taking care a mass amount of animals. Some people may have a knack for running a business, but it is unavoidable for amateurs like me to feel so. You may learn things from when you work for someone, but being a boss yourself is not something that can be learned from the book. Reading books about business do give you some inside scoop about running a business, though. Another thing that helps me is the advice I got from fellow business owners. Things like to never have stereotype on people, keep calm in handling thing, and always be positive. Loving your job is also a thing. It is hard to start the day when you know you won’t like what you’ll do for the whole day. So, if you want to start your own business, consider doing something that you love and have passion in to make it easier for you to have a long run.
My lack of experience brought another problem for me, that is in advertising my business. Using advertising company might cost a lot, so I challenged myself to be more creative. It was difficult at first, but as it is the era of social media, not much work need to be done. Having basic knowledge in editing photos, posters, or making a video will really be handy. One thing to be careful of is that not only positive things are shared on social media, customers might post negative sides about your business. Advertisement can be in any form and words spread from mouth to mouth is a very effective way of indirect advertisement. Challenge yourself to get close to people with common interest as your business. Just think of it like the thrilling first day in high school.While talking about money, it is also not easy to manage it, so hiring a talented worker with experience might be a better choice. There will, of course, be a bump in spending a little more for salary, but hiring a top talent can bring in more money.
The most important thing in starting a business is to keep yourself in check, especially when you’re the boss yourself. Remember that even if you start this business yourself, that doesn’t mean that you’re working alone. There will be employees, partners, and customers around. Trust, trust, and trust. When you fail to reach the target profit, you lose trust in yourself. When you disappoint a customer, they lose their trust on you. It is essential to be confident in your skill. Keep your focus on the competition around, as things can get dirty at times, do collect your mind and just keep track of what you’re doing.
Starting business can be hard, but there are also rainbows in doing it. In general, starting up a business can improve your social skill. Being polite and friendly is a must, and you’ll get used to it. Meeting new people is also a given. Getting more information, more people to work with, and more people to share happiness. Running your own business also means that you get to be your own boss with flexible work hours. When the business blew up, you can get incomes, offer jobs to people, and even hand your business down in the future.
Rough times, no experience, no income, a bad reputation will be worth it when the business blows up and you get the profits and joy. Certainly, there are possibilities of a failed business, but work, more work, and keep on working will bring you great results. Taking risks does hurt, but it’s never too late to try. There will be rainbows after the rain.